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Short, sharp 'Appcessory' Reviews + News for fellow geeks, educators and parents.

Appcessories are App and Accessory combo devices - where an add-on for an iPad or iPhone has been specifically engineered to interact with a matching app to provide new functionality not otherwise possible.

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iBeacons are a new platform that uses bluetooth to bring location-based triggers and interactivity to your smart device. They are getting big in retail and museums - but I am working with some top educators to work out how beacons (like the Estimote branded ones I own) can enhance learning - visit BeaconsForEducation.com to learn more.

iBeacons are a new platform that uses bluetooth to bring location-based triggers and interactivity to your smart device. They are getting big in retail and museums - but I am working with some top educators to work out how beacons (like the Estimote branded ones I own) can enhance learning - visit BeaconsForEducation.com to learn more.

Posted on Wednesday, March 26th 2014

Snappgrip iPhoneography case

App = 3/5 for providing basic camera functionality, but with some confusing mode options and rough in-app menus

Accessory = 3/5 for solving some iPhoneography problems well, while wasting effort attempting to solve others that don’t exist.

WHAT

The Snappgrip is a specially designed iPhone case that allows a handgrip with shutter, zoom buttons and a mode dial to be snapped onto it. You can also screw in add-on lenses such as widescreen, macro, fisheye and a microscope.

HOW

Once the handgrip section is snapped onto the Snappgrip case, you open the Snappgrip app, tap the bluetooth connect button to pair the app with the handgrips button controls, hold the iPhone like a point-and-shoot, and start taking photos.

One can half-hold down the shutter button to make the camera focus, then push it all the way to take a photo. You can also push the zoom buttons to bring your subjects closer, and ostensibly turn the mode dial to select different scene settings

VERDICT

The Snappgrip case and handgrip are light but well-built and feel very good in the hand, something that is important in this category of appcessory where the weight of other solutions can end up deterring you from using them often. 

Having a physical shutter button does turn out to be very handy as well - however the zoom buttons seem a waste when all they do is initiate the digital zoom which degrades quality, and hence will almost never be used. The mode dial also, while seemingly a useful addition, has no markings to indicate what the selections around it do, and I could find no documentation in the box that explained things either leaving me questioning why it is there. I had to guess from what came up on-screen as to what effect the dial was having. 

This brings me to the app also, which works as well as most camera apps and gives access to all functions via the touchscreen, but has some serious issues once you enter the gallery/editing section - with words misspelt (‘sences’ for scenes) and menu buttons that overlap the phones top signal and time bar.

The screw-in lens option however works well if you opt to buy any of these - I got the wide-angle/macro option and its quality was up with other basic add-on lens options I’ve sourced from Photojojo in the past.

I’d recommend this appcessory for those who value the comfort of the handgrip, like the physical shutter button and who plan to use the tripod mount slot, as well as those who want to use it as a remote bluetooth trigger when its detached. For everyone else thinking that the other buttons will replicate a true point and shoot camera experience however, the wait continues - perhaps a future version will add some better functionality here. 

You can buy the Snappgrip ($69.99) and learn more from http://snappgrip.com

(It’s also available in for Android devices if you own a Samsung Galaxy S3 or S4)

Disclosure - I was a Kickstarter backer of this product.

Posted on Wednesday, March 5th 2014

My Hex3 Nota stylus arrived today - has a brilliant thin tip that works very very well. I was happy to support this Australian invention.

Posted on Monday, February 3rd 2014

JNXYZ training

Posted on Monday, January 27th 2014

Awesome iPadography case - yes Ive bought one. In short its fantastic in every way, except for the way the case covers the power button. 4/5

Awesome iPadography case - yes Ive bought one. In short its fantastic in every way, except for the way the case covers the power button. 4/5

Posted on Monday, January 27th 2014